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STEM high school diploma bill heard

HB 456, sponsored by Rep. Jim Neely, would create a new designation on high school diploma to attest to a student’s mastery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills.

During the testimony, details of the program were discussed, including grade requirements and the requirement to produce a “final capstone project.”

Some committee members expressed their feelings that the GPA and ACT score requirements were too high for the targeted students that may be more advanced in their abilities to actually create things and perhaps less interested in classroom learning.

Associated Industries of Missouri supports the proposal. The bill was heard, but no action taken by the Special Committee on Student Accountability, chaired by Rep. Bryan Spencer.

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